Joppa Minerals: Botanical Oil Free Lotion & Victorious with Bio Q-10 Cream Review

Here’s one of my favourite mineral makeup companies.
www.joppaminerals.com

Ok, not so much for their makeup, but rather, for the skincare. The skincare selection, while small, has several items that I’ve tried, liked and purchased full sizes of. The regular free international shipping promotions, usually with a minimum of US$15/20/25 purchases are a boon to an international customer like me, when shipping can sometimes cost more than the items.

The site is easy to navigate, prices are fair and payment for me has always been through Paypal. While customer service is not the best, I’ve had only minimal problems thus far. Besides, the free shipping deal really works its magic on me over its less-than-sterling customer service.

Joppa Minerals has both an online store and a brick & mortar store, with separate facebook pages for them too.

Here’s showcasing a facial cream & lotion that I’ve purchased from Joppa Minerals – the Botanical Oil Free Lotion and the Victorious with Bio Q-10 Cream.

(all photos can be viewed in their original sizes by clicking on them)

Love the airless pump bottles!

The Victorious with Bio Q-10 Cream can be purchased at US$19 for a 1.7 oz bottle at http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Victorious-with-Bio-Q%252d10.html 

The Botanical Oil-Free Lotion can be purchased at US$19 for a 1.7 oz bottle at http://www.joppaminerals.com/products/Botanical-Oil-Free-Lotion-1.7oz.html

Love the clean nozzle that dispenses easily and precisely

I really love these hygienic airless pump dispenser bottles with nozzles that dispense precise amounts, so no unnecessary wastage. They’re also see-through so you know when to start stocking up from Joppa again 😉

“An extremely gentle, herbal infused, oil free formula, Great for Oily Skin.”
Joppa says:
An extremely gentle, herbal infused, oil free formula, Great for Oily Skin.
This non-greasy formula absorbs  quickly helping to leave your skin soft and shine free. Unscented.
TO USE: massage product onto clean skin 1-2 times per day.
INGREDIENTS: purified water, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, emulsifying wax (plant source), cetyl alcohol (plant source), vegetable stearic acid, xanthan gum (plant source), potassium sorbate (plant source), soybean protein,  caprylyl glycol (from coconut), organic aloe barbadensis leaf extract, organic matricaria recutita(chamomile) flower extract, organic calendula officinalis flower extract, organic althea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, palmitic acid (plant source), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C ester), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid (from citrus fruit).
 

The Botanical Oil-Free Lotion is a new release and the waterproof and seemingly rub-proof white label is different from the silver label on the Victorious, which has its letterings rubbed off through continuous handling.

This is really oil-free and non-greasy in finish. In fact, I find that it mattifies my skin without stripping. I attribute that to the baking soda in the ingredients. I particularly like the magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C ester) and soothing aloe vera compounds in the ingredient list.

1/2 pump

This is about a 1/4 – 1/2 pump’s worth. It’s quite a concentrated blob and I find I don’t even need 1 full pump for the face.

After a couple of swipes over the skin

This has good spreadability and is absorbed very quickly by the skin.

Matte appearance after a few more swipes

That’s how my skin looks with just a few more swipes. Matte! Completely absorbed!

I’d highly recommend this for oily/greasy/teenage troubled skin or just skins that need a basic moisturiser. This is really awesome stuff I wish I’d discovered back in my younger teenage acne ridden days. Seriously. My only grouse would be the price, as I feel that it could be slightly lower, owing to the simpler ingredients used, compared to the Victorious Q10.

Black letterings gradually rubbed off

My mum and I have been using this bottle for a couple of months or slightly more, through constant handling, you can see that the black letterings just don’t last on the silver label.

Joppa says:

This amazing facial cream is a safe, gentle, all-natural alternative to chemical and toxin beauty treatments. Most will notice immediate lifting, firming and toning of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. You can see and feel the long term results when those healthy new cells start making their way to the surface! To Use: Massage into clean skin day and night in an upward motion.NATURAL INGREDIENTS: organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, purified water, organic pimpinella anisum (anise) extract, organic prunus amygdalus dulcis (almond) extract, organic medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, emulsifying wax (plant source), vegetable stearic acid, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q-10), organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, olive squalene, soybean protein, organic echinacea augustifolia (coneflower) extract, palmitic acid (plant source), potassium sorbate (plant source), phenoxyethanol (mild preservative), caprylyl glycol (from coconut), organic camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, rosa affinis rubiginosa (rosehip) oil, tocopherol (natural vitamin E), lycopene, tocotrienols, astaxanthin, lutein, alpha lipoic acid, ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), sodium bicarbonate and/or citric acid.

Personally, I find this an AWESOME price for the ingredients it has, like ubiquinone (coenzyme Q-10), astaxanthin, lycopene, alpha lipoic acid and ascorbyl palmitate. While this is touted more towards mature/ageing skin, I don’t think anyone who’s looking into basic anti-ageing/lifting skincare will have problems. This is imho best used as a night cream as it has retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) which is photosensitive. It goes on slightly thicker than the oil-free lotion, is scented with what seems to be longan bean curd (I love the dessert, so the scent too) or somewhat Chinese almond-like, but is also readily absorbed by the skin with a near matte finish. Must be the sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in it too. I don’t think I’m using this regularly enough to note much effects as alternate my creams a lot. But this has a good feel, wears well and I don’t wake up with an oily face the next morning.

About 1/4 - 1/2 pump

This is probably closer to 1/4 pump than 1/2, as 1 pump is way too much for my face alone. It has a thicker consistency than the oil-free lotion featured earlier.

Yup, definitely thicker consistency

After a couple of swipes. It does spread well but not as well as a watery lotion.

A few more swipes and it's fully absorbed

After rubbing it in with a few more swipes, it’s not fully absorbed with a near matte texture.

Would I repurchase them? You bet I would!

Botanical Oil-Free Lotion
Rating out of 10
Price: 7.5
Quality: 9
Packaging: 10
Ease of usage: 10 (I like how it gets absorbed so quickly leaving a matte finish)
Overall score: 9.1
  
Victorious Q-10 Face Cream
Rating out of 10
Price: 8.5
Quality: 9
Packaging: 10
Ease of usage: 9 (As it as a thicker consistency you have to be more careful with the dispensing than the oil-free lotion)
Overall score: 9.1*Items reviewed purchased by me*

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